This program awards grants to early career psychologists (ECPs) for research on psychotherapy. All aspects of psychotherapy research can be supported, including the psychotherapy relationship, psychotherapy process, or psychotherapy outcomes.

Program Goals

  • Advance understanding of psychotherapy (psychotherapy relationship, process, and/or outcomes) through support of empirical research
  • Encourage early career researchers with a successful record of publication to undertake research in these areas

Funding Specifics

  • One annual grant of $15,000 to be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to the researcher’s university grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities (see Additional Information section below).
  • Funds must be transferred to the researcher, university grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company by December 15 of the year in which the grant award notification is made.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early Career (within 10 years post earning the doctoral degree), Doctoral-level researchers
  • Demonstrated competence in the area of proposed work
  • IRB approval must be received from the principal investigator’s institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved
  • The selection committee may elect to award the grant to the same individual or research team up to two consecutive years
  • The selection committee may choose not to award the grant in years when no suitable nominations are received
  • Researcher must be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Join the society at

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with goals listed above under “Program Goals”
  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area
  • Quality of proposed work
  • Applicant’s competence to execute the project
  • Appropriate plan for data collection and completion of the project

Proposal Requirements for All Proposals

  • Description of the proposed project to include title, goals, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans: not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11-point font)
  • CV of the principal investigator: not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages and should focus on research activities
  • A 300-word biosketch that describes why your experiences and qualifications make you suited for successfully carrying out this research proposal.
  • Timeline for execution (priority given to projects that can be completed within 2 years)
  • Full budget and justification (indirect costs not permitted), which should take up no more than 1 additional page (the budget should clearly indicate how the grant funds would be spent)
  • Funds may be used to initiate a new project or to supplement additional funding. The research may be at any stage. In any case, justification must be provided for the request of the current grant funds. If the funds will supplement other funding or if the research is already in progress, please explain why the additional funds are needed (e.g., in order to add a new component to the study, add additional participants, etc.)

Additional Information

  • After the project is completed, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion
  • Grant recipients are expected to write a brief article related to their project for Division 29’s Psychotherapy Bulletin within 2 years of receiving funding.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years of receipt must be returned
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged by footnote in the publication

Submission Process and Deadline

  • All materials must be submitted electronically at the same time
  • All applicants must complete the application form, in MSWord or other text format
  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than 1 CV, then all CVs must be included in 1 electronic document/file
  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in 1 file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principal investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email)
  • Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office,
  • You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received. Please resubmit.
  • Deadline: May 1

Questions about this program should be directed to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Science and Scholarship Domain Representative (Dr. Patricia T. Spangler at, or Tracey A. Martin in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA) Central Office,


Norine Johnson, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant for Early Career Psychologists

2023 Recipient: Anna Babl, PhD

Dr. Anna Babl holds a 2-year postdoctoral mobility scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to work on the project“understanding and training the therapeutic alliance via rupture and repair processes” at the Adelphi University in New York.

- Norine Johnson, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant for Early Career Psychologists

Previous Recipients

2022- Sibel Halfon

2021- Haran Sened

2019- Joanna M. Drinane

2018 – Sigal Zilcha-Mano

2017 – Tali Boritz

2015 – Jesse Owen

2013 – Joshua K. Swift and Jennifer L. Callahan

2012 – Cheri L. Marmarosh

2011 – Charles Gelso and Clara Hill